Victims of Crime

While no one ever expects to be a victim of crime, it is important to know there is help available to you. If you have been the victim of crime, you have rights under Canadian law. If the crimes against you have happened in an abusive situation, you will find other useful resources in the section on Abuse and Violence.

The resources on this page were hand-picked by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta's staff as a good place to start.

You may also find helpful resources listed under the legal topic: Victim support and victim rights

CPLEA Suggested Resources

Not sure where to begin finding answers to your questions. Get started with our suggested resources. See additional resources below for more information.

Alberta Resources

This online resource is from the Student Legal Services of Edmonton. Includes information about: What is Assault?, Intent, Consent, Self-Defence, Legal Options Available to the Victim, and Self-Referral Numbers. This resource is also available for download as a PDF (6 pgs)..

Related legal topic(s): Crimes and offences, Sexual assault, Victim support and victim rights

The mission of the Centre is to work with others to empower people to move from poverty to prosperity. They enable people to meet their own basic daily needs, participate in community, have sustainable livelihoods, feel hope for the future and make plans for a prosperous life. The Centre offers a variety of programs which include victims services and advocacy.

Related legal topic(s): Advocacy, Homelessness, Poverty, Victim support and victim rights

Edmonton John Howard Society is a not-for-profit, community-based crime prevention agency. They provide assistance to people in conflict with the law, their families, those who have the potential to be in conflict with the law, and victims of crime. Their work to eradicate the root causes of crime helps build safety and harmony in communities. The Edmonton John Howard Society works to promote a better understanding of the Criminal Justice System and the consequences of breaking the law. Their work is accomplished through educational presentations provided to youth in the school system and the community.

Related legal topic(s): Classroom materials, Crime prevention, Public legal education organizations, Reintegration

This online tutorial created by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta provides information about giving evidence in a criminal trial (includes some particular references to giving evidence about abuse).

Related legal topic(s): Elder abuse, Family violence general resources, Legal process, Self-representation, Witnesses

This section of the website of Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security provides information on victim impact statements, financial benefits program, restitution for victims of crime and answers to common questions as well as links to related agencies. The Victims of Crime Act establishes: The authority to collect a surcharge on provincial statute offences; Defined principles regarding the treatment of victims; Financial benefits for victims; and a grants program with respect to programs that benefit victims of crime.

Related legal topic(s): Victim support and victim rights

The Alberta Police Based Victim Services Association (APBVSA) is a non-profit organization of Victim Service Units located in Police facilities throughout Alberta. The Association promotes proactive leadership, professional development and education to ensure service excellence to victims of crime and tragedy. Website includes listings for victim services programs throughout Alberta.


Related legal topic(s): Victim support and victim rights

This publication from Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security is meant to be a useful reference for people who are victims of crime. The protocol outlines what you can expect throughout the criminal justice process, from the time you report a crime through the police investigation, court proceedings and, if the accused is found guilty, provincial and federal corrections and the National Parole Board. The protocol also tells what is expected of you and what else you can do when you are in contact with the criminal justice system. (PDF - 110 pages)

Related legal topic(s): Victim support and victim rights


The CCVT provides the link between the survivor of torture and a network of professional services which includes doctors, lawyers, social service workers and volunteers as well as crisis intervention, counseling, the Children's Program and Art Therapy.

Related legal topic(s): Victim support and victim rights

This online video from the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) shows victims how a parole hearing works and directs victims to other Board information, such as their website and toll-free victim information line. The PBC believes victims should, if they choose, have a role in the conditional release process. This openness and transparency supports their public safety mandate.


Related legal topic(s): Parole, Victim support and victim rights

The Policy Centre for Victim Issues, a division of the Department of Justice Canada, implements the Federal Victim Strategy the objective of which is to give victims of crime a more effective voice in the criminal justice system. We develop policy and criminal law reform, administer the Victims Fund, and broadly share information about issues of importance to victims of crime. Publications include a crime victims’ guide to the criminal justice system and Victim Services Directory.

Related legal topic(s): Victim support and victim rights

Canada has a broad definition of sexual assault. It includes all unwanted sexual activity, such as unwanted sexual grabbing, kissing, and fondling as well as rape. This webpage developed by the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund provides an overview of the law about consent in sexual assault cases.

Related legal topic(s): Sexual assault

The Victim Services Directory helps connect individuals with victim service providers across Canada. The Victim Services Directory (VSD) has been created by the Policy Centre for Victim Issues of the Department of Justice Canada to help service providers, victims and individuals locate services for victims of crime across Canada.

Related legal topic(s): Victim support and victim rights

The Victim’s Portal is a secure website where registered victims may obtain information about the federal offenders who harmed them.  Victims may use the Portal in addition to, or instead of, the current methods of communication by phone and mail.  The Portal will also allow registered victims to manage their information and preferences online.

Related legal topic(s): Victim support and victim rights

CPLEA Resources

This website is meant to make a traditionally complex area of knowledge easier to understand and more accessible. Many Albertan women will benefit from this resource, including those who are new to the English language, have no background in the law, those who cannot afford legal advice and those in remote communities without internet access. Although it is not meant to replace expert advice the resource is a starting place and a guide for women who don’t know where to look.

Related legal topic(s): Criminal law general resources, Custody and access, Family law general resources, Health issues, Landlord and tenant